Thursday, October 29, 2009

Home Ec & Money Management Resources for Home Educators

Home Ec for both boys and girls... 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Health Resources for Home Educators

If you need ideas for physical activity, check out the book: The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book, by Guy Bailey, a veteran PE teacher who adapted traditional PE activities to become family-sized games, allowing you to teach physical education in the home setting. 

I also recommend checking out The Nutrition Source:  Knowledge for Healthy Eating, maintained by Harvard School of Public Health. They have designed a healthy eating pyramid to be used in place of the FDA's food pyramid, because that one was created by people with strong business interests in its message. This pyramid is reflective of up to date science knowledge and was made by people with no stake in its message, other than trying to promote public health. The have quite a bit of basic nutrition education available online through the site as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Typing Resources for Home Educators

Typing Courses:

  • Peter's Online Typing course... This is the best option I've found for a good, free beginning typing course, complete with color-coated illustrations showing children where to place their fingers on the keyboard.  It does require Adobe Flash Player (a free download).
  • Good Typing...  This is another option for a free, web-based typing course.  It has 27 guided lessons to learn step-by-step from the beginning.  There are no required downloads, just a required free registration.  You can sample the first lesson without registering though. You can also check your typing speed on this site.
  • After trying both of the two links above (since they're free), I decided it was worth it to buy a more kid-friendly typing course so I ordered Typing Instructor on Amazon. My six-year-old likes it. 

Typing Resources & Games: 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Writing, Grammer & Spelling Tips


Teaching writing is simpler then many make it out to be. "It is merely a matter of providing the child with examples, opportunities, and incentive to write... (it) should be a pleasant and uncomplicated experience, and needs not resemble the frustrating and painful process it so often becomes in a conventional school setting. A relatively small number of meaningful reading and writing exercises, combined with (a) range of activities... will almost certainly ensure the acquisition of these skills painlessly and with greater effectiveness than the schools are ordinarily able to provide." (1:72, 74) 

The best thing you can do to help your children be better writers is to read with them more! Students who read the most recreationally are generally the best writers. They absorb quality language through their reading, and then it flows out more effortlessly when they're given opportunity to write. 

Rather than using endless worksheets, making writing a drudgery, try to create and utilize meaningful, real life writing opportunities. Some of these include journaling, notes, cards, or letters to friends and relatives, and even list-making for the beginning writers.